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Thousands of 2009 Polaris Ranger ATVs Recalled Due to Fire Risks

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Thousands of 2009 Polaris Ranger ATVs Recalled Due to Fire Risks

Nearly 4,000 model year 2009 Polaris Ranger “Crew” and “6X6” Side-by-Side recreational vehicles are being recalled today because an electrical short in the popular off-road vehicles may cause them to catch fire, product safety officials said.

Polaris Industries Inc., of Medina, Minn., said it has received 46 reports of overheating in the vehicle’s rear tail light area, including 22 instances where consumers reported seeing small flames and other cases where plastic on the vehicle was melted, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
There have so far been no reports of injuries from the wiring defect in the Polaris Ranger vehicles, officials said.
An estimated 700 Americans – including as many as 200 children under the age of 16 – are killed each year in ATV accidents, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Another 135,000 people –more than a quarter of them teens and children — are treated in emergency rooms for ATV-related injuries each year.
Certain Models Recalled

The Polaris Ranger off-road vehicles being recalled were sold at Polaris dealers nationwide from December 2008 through July 2009 for about $11,500. Only certain models of the 2009 Polaris Ranger side-by-side vehicles are covered by today’s recall. The following models are being recalled:
Model Numbers / Model Name

R09RF68AF Ranger 700 EFI 6×6
R09RF68AR Ranger 700 EFI 6×6
R09WH68AC Ranger 700 EFI Crew
R09WH68AG Ranger 700 EFI Crew
R09WH68AL Ranger 700 EFI Crew
R09WH68AR Ranger 700 EFI Crew
R09WH68AZ Ranger 700 EFI Crew
The model and serial number identification decal can be found under the front seat, on the right-side seat support, the CPSC said.
Owners who have the recalled Polaris Ranger models in their possession are advised to stop using the vehicles immediately and contact a local Polaris Ranger dealer to schedule a free repair. Registered owners of the recalled vehicles have been directly notified by mail about the recall, officials said.
Other Polaris Recalls

Polaris has recalled other ATV models for fire risks before. Last month, the company recalled about 4,700 Polaris ATVs due to the risk of engine fires from defective engine parts that might freeze in sub-zero temperatures.